Lowest-paying jobs in McAllen

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June 20, 2022
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Lowest-paying jobs in McAllen

The U.S. may be one of the wealthiest countries in the world but there’s a growing trend of financial inequality, with middle-class households feeling the most impact. In fact, the number of adults who live in middle-class households dropped from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2021, according to an April 2022 analysis from Pew Research Center. On the other hand, the upper-income level rose from 14% to 21%. The declining middle class in the U.S. can be attributed to various factors including a decrease in unions and manufacturing jobs and an increased need for college-educated, tech-savvy employees.

The COVID-19 pandemic also played a major role in exposing the harsh financial gap as those who fell under the middle- and upper-income brackets were able to keep their jobs and/or work remotely. At the start of the pandemic in the U.S., workers who fell under the lower-income tier found themselves unemployed or having to be out of work, even if temporarily, as their place of employment was closed.

Those who worked in the leisure and hospitality industries were hit the hardest financially. In December 2020, employment in the hospitality industry was down by 23% compared to pre-pandemic levels in February 2020, an unemployment rate that surpassed other industries. Service employees such as housekeepers, food preparation workers, kitchen cooks, automobile glass installers, and animal caretakers were some of the lowest-paying jobs in the nation.

Stacker compiled a list of the lowest-paying jobs in McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by average annual salary with information up to date as of May 2021.

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#50. Substitute teachers, short-term

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,250
- #243 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,890

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,410
- Employment: 374,620
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Prescott, AZ ($64,310)
--- Appleton, WI ($63,310)
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($58,770)
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#49. Retail salespersons

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,130
- #369 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,630

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,920
- Employment: 3,693,490
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($41,150)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,150)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($38,790)
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#48. Conveyor operators and tenders

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $26,120
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $37,010
- Employment: 28,650
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Wheeling, WV-OH ($62,910)
--- Merced, CA ($53,190)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($46,630)
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#47. Agricultural equipment operators

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,930
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,280
- Employment: 26,180
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dubuque, IA ($45,450)
--- Wichita, KS ($45,340)
--- Kansas City, MO-KS ($45,240)
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#46. Nursing assistants

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,820
- #372 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,650

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,250
- Employment: 1,314,830
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($47,690)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,500)
--- Salinas, CA ($44,210)

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#45. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,730
- #289 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,420

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,760
- Employment: 1,187,270
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($46,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,820)
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#43 (tie). Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,700
- #341 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

National
- Annual mean salary: $35,990
- Employment: 285,980
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kalamazoo-Portage, MI ($53,630)
--- Lansing-East Lansing, MI ($53,470)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($52,630)
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#43 (tie). Food preparation workers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,700
- #253 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,570

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,810
- Employment: 783,350
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,950)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,230)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($38,340)
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#42. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,590
- #336 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,580

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,860
- Employment: 2,036,680
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,030)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($41,240)
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($41,150)
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#41. Bakers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,490
- #315 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,300
- Employment: 181,800
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($41,850)
--- Chattanooga, TN-GA ($41,660)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($41,160)

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#40. Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,360
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $40,050
- Employment: 56,570
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Roanoke, VA ($52,760)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($49,570)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($49,260)
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#39. Cooks, institution and cafeteria

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,300
- #357 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,520
- Employment: 392,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($47,400)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($47,000)
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#38. Cooks, restaurant

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,150
- #368 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,260

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- Employment: 1,193,860
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($43,900)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,380)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($41,690)
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#37. Bartenders

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $25,030
- #273 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,340
- Employment: 485,330
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($50,180)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,820)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($47,440)
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#36. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,920
- #322 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,750
- Employment: 358,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($60,150)
--- Albany, GA ($53,570)
--- Fort Collins, CO ($50,590)

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#35. Orderlies

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,720
- #108 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $33,440
- Employment: 45,160
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($55,820)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($51,370)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,740)
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#34. Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,390
- #192 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,540
- Employment: 54,760
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($70,360)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($54,750)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($52,300)
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#33. File clerks

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $24,050
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,820
- Employment: 85,460
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($50,210)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($49,450)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($48,780)
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#32. Funeral attendants

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,970
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,630
- Employment: 32,490
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($45,440)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,270)
--- Trenton, NJ ($43,730)
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#30 (tie). Sewing machine operators

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,920
- #227 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,880
- Employment: 116,220
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Appleton, WI ($43,060)
--- Glens Falls, NY ($42,270)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($40,660)

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#30 (tie). Occupational therapy aides

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,920
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,230
- Employment: 3,370
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($68,500)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($63,090)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($54,170)
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#29. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,900
- #375 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,550
- Employment: 351,960
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($40,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,980)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,780)
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#28. Machine feeders and offbearers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,560
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,660
- Employment: 60,880
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($60,610)
--- Lincoln, NE ($48,580)
--- Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN ($47,560)
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#27. Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $23,130
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,740
- Employment: 15,880
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($78,200)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($69,720)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($69,320)
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#26. Food batchmakers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,870
- #249 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,190
- Employment: 155,240
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Battle Creek, MI ($65,310)
--- Cedar Rapids, IA ($56,900)
--- Binghamton, NY ($50,910)

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#25. Recreation workers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,810
- #383 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,020
- Employment: 264,020
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fairbanks, AK ($50,710)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,730)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,200)
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#24. School bus monitors

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,660
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,220
- Employment: 55,310
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($49,850)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($48,610)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,750)
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#23. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,580
- #352 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,270

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,580
- Employment: 723,430
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($45,430)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($44,940)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($44,580)
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#22. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,540
- #328 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,830
- Employment: 157,400
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,290)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($35,690)
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#21. Parking attendants

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,440
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,210
- Employment: 91,160
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,920)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,670)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,420)

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#20. Cashiers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,370
- #337 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,130

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,780
- Employment: 3,335,170
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,860)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,910)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($35,400)
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#19. Physical therapist aides

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $22,300
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,370
- Employment: 42,390
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($45,060)
--- Jackson, MS ($42,210)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,510)
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#18. Farmworkers and laborers, crop, nursery, and greenhouse

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,920
- #220 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,440
- Employment: 277,200
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,490)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($40,560)
--- Ithaca, NY ($39,570)
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#17. Packers and packagers, hand

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,890
- #357 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 940

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,950
- Employment: 585,270
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,960)
--- Rome, GA ($38,830)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,460)
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#16. Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,830
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,390
- Employment: 54,970
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charlottesville, VA ($48,540)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($39,670)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($37,140)

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#15. Childcare workers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,780
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,430

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,680
- Employment: 438,520
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,390)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,120)
--- Napa, CA ($36,850)
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#14. Dishwashers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,690
- #343 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,350
- Employment: 377,040
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,200)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,440)
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#13. Waiters and waitresses

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,640
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,360

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,010
- Employment: 1,804,030
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Glens Falls, NY ($47,570)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($47,080)
--- Ithaca, NY ($44,970)
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#12. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,340
- #345 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,040
- Employment: 220,380
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($52,150)
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($48,900)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($39,910)
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#11. Food servers, nonrestaurant

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,190
- #327 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,500
- Employment: 243,030
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Napa, CA ($46,270)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,930)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($43,400)

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#10. Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $21,150
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,110
- Employment: 26,910
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,040)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($37,370)
--- Springfield, MA-CT ($36,530)
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#9. Shuttle drivers and chauffeurs

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,900
- #352 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,570
- Employment: 175,660
- Entry level education requirements: not available
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($43,740)
--- Napa, CA ($42,730)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($42,000)
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#8. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,860
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,170
- Employment: 121,290
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($59,560)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($59,380)
--- Reno, NV ($57,420)
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#7. Graders and sorters, agricultural products

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,590
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $30,400
- Employment: 25,560
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA ($39,950)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($39,780)
--- Sioux City, IA-NE-SD ($38,850)
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#6. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,330
- #353 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,690
- Employment: 336,970
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($38,490)
--- Ithaca, NY ($38,170)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,910)

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#5. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,260
- #222 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $27,320
- Employment: 114,320
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($43,930)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($38,420)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($37,930)
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#3 (tie). Fast food and counter workers

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,120
- #362 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,120

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,060
- Employment: 3,095,120
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,090)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($36,360)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($34,240)
48 / 50
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#3 (tie). Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $20,120
- #334 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,000
- Employment: 324,690
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($37,060)
--- Madera, CA ($36,490)
49 / 50
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#2. Amusement and recreation attendants

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $19,860
- #326 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $26,110
- Employment: 262,170
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($37,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($36,800)
--- Anchorage, AK ($36,020)
50 / 50
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#1. Cooks, short order

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX
- Annual mean salary: $19,390
- #245 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

National
- Annual mean salary: $28,110
- Employment: 124,800
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($39,670)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($38,060)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($37,940)

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